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Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First-Century Approaches

Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger


While recent scholarship has amply demonstrated that Eudora Welty was a writer with cosmopolitan sensibilities and progressive politics, she continues to be categorized as a “regionalist” writer whose works valorize the white privilege from which she benefited. To assume this is Welty’s intention is to misread much of her work. This volume offers ways to navigate Welty’s sometimes complex prose and enriches readers’ understanding of Welty’s era and region. It offers teachers less simplistic approaches to the stories most frequently taught, and it steers them to less familiar texts. In addition ... More

Keywords: Teaching Welty, Southern studies, Welty scholarship, South, Global

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496814531
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496814531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mae Miller Claxton, editor
Western Carolina University

Julia Eichelberger, editor
College of Charleston

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Some Notes on Teaching Welty

—Suzanne Marrs, Millsaps College

Introductions to Welty

—Carolyn J. Brown and Lee Anne Bryan, independent scholars

Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters

—Julia Eichelberger, College of Charleston

How She Wrote and How We Read

—Harriet Pollack, Bucknell University

Teaching Welty’s Narrative Strategies in Delta Wedding

—Sarah Gilbreath Ford, Baylor University

Teaching Welty’s A Curtain of Green in an American Studies Freshman Seminar

—Susan V. Donaldson, College of William and Mary

Matters of Life and Death

—David A. Davis, Mercer University

Indigenizing Welty

—Mae Miller Claxton, Western Carolina University

Teaching “A Curtain” in the Thick of Things

—Christin Marie Taylor, Shenandoah University

The Matter of Black Lives in American Literature

—Ebony Lumumba, Tougaloo College

“We Must Have Your History, You Know”

—Keith Cartwright, University of North Florida

Picturing Difference and Disability in Our Classrooms

—Keri Watson, University of Central Florida

Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom

—Gary Richards, University of Mary Washington

Loch of the Rape

—Michael Kreyling, Vanderbilt University

Welty’s Place in the Undergraduate Theory Classroom

—Annette Trefzer, University of Mississippi

Teaching Welty and/in Modernism

—David McWhirter, Texas A&M University

Post Southern and International

—Stephen M. Fuller, Middle Georgia State University

Umbrellas and Bottles

—Stuart Christie, Hong Kong Baptist University

Transcontinental Welty

—Pearl Amelia McHaney, Georgia State University

Finding the Freshman Voice

—Virginia Ottley Craighill, Sewanee–University of the South

“He Going to Last”

—Dawn Gilchrist, Swain County High School

How I Teach “Livvie” in Welty’s Home County

—Alec Valentine, Hinds Community College

“Something Beautiful, Something Frightening”

—Laura Sloan Patterson, Seton Hill University

Teaching Welty in Dialogue with Other Artists in a Social Justice Course

—Adrienne Akins Warfield, Mars Hill University

Folk and Fairy Tales, Opera, and YouTube

—Kevin Eyster, Madonna University For Dan Barnes (1940–2016)

Teaching Welty to Future Teachers

—Rebecca L. Harrison, University of West Georgia

Finding Hope

—Sharon Deykin Baris, Bar-Ilan University